Only a man who’s been burned knows what hell is truly like - Sandor Clegane
Twenty years ago today, I almost died.
I came home from presiding over a successful meeting of my Masonic Lodge, did some work and went to
bed. I woke the next morning in the Intensive Care Burn Unit of the Erie County Medical Center. I wasn’t expected to survive the first twenty-four hours. Ten days later I was released.
It is that simple, and that complex. It was the worst nightmare that you can imagine. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. It almost killed me, but it saved my life.
To understand how I can look back on a traumatic event as a blessing, you have to know my life as of April 21, 1994. I was wretched.